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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Bariatric surgery is when a surgeon removes or blocks off part of the stomach to help a severely obese person lose weight.
  • Being diagnosed with breast cancer that requires a mastectomy can be devastating. But for patients who have lost one or both breasts, breast reconstruction is an option. The surgery restores patients' breasts to a normal size, shape and appearance.
  • Patients who are at risk for cancer, have a suspected cancer, or have a diagnosed cancer may need some type of surgery. Their care team will discuss when they need surgery and what their options are so that they can decide what is best for them.
  • Colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the lining of the colon (large intestine) for abnormalities using a long, flexible tube and camera. A colonoscopy looks for signs of colon or rectal cancer and evaluates symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss.
  • Colostomy

    Colostomy is an opening in the abdominal wall (called a stoma) through which the end of the large intestine (colon) is brought. Instead of through the anus, the bowels empty through the stoma into a bag attached to the abdomen.
  • Cryotherapy

    Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze cells in order to destroy them. Cryotherapy is used frequently to destroy cancer cells as part of cancer treatment. It is also referred to as cryoablation or cryosurgery.
  • Gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy) is the standard treatment for pain caused by gallstones, small clumps of bile and cholesterol that can form in your gallbladder.  
  • Gastrectomy

    Gastrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the stomach. Gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, is performed for weight loss: It removes part of the stomach and creates a narrow tube out of the remaining stomach. A gastrectomy may also be performed as part of gastrointestinal cancer treatment.
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery

    Hemorrhoid surgery is a treatment to surgically remove hemorrhoids. There are many options for removing hemorrhoids, depending on whether they are inside or out of the anus. Hemorrhoid treatment options include cutting out the hemorrhoid or stapling the hemorrhoid to cut off blood flow. Another option is hemorrhoid banding, which uses a rubber band to cut off blood flow into the hemorrhoid.
  • Ileostomy

    Ileostomy is an opening in the belly wall, made during surgery, that is used to remove waste from the body when the colon or rectum is not working correctly. Before the ileostomy, the surgeon may remove all of the colon and rectum, or just part of the small intestine.
  • Rush offers intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat early-stage breast cancer and lower the risk of recurrence.
  • A kidney transplant is when a person whose kidneys have failed receive a donated kidney from either a living or deceased donor.
  • During a laparoscopic procedure, a surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen to insert a scope (a small, thin tube fitted with a camera) and other surgical tools. Surgeons use laparoscopy to diagnose and treat many conditions.
  • Liver Surgery

    Liver surgery to remove all or part of the liver is performed for a variety of reasons. These include the removal of tumors that affect liver and the transplantation of all or part of a donor liver to into the body of a patient with liver failure.
  • A liver transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces a diseased liver with a healthy, donated liver.
  • Mastectomy is surgery to remove all or a portion of a woman’s breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. Lumpectomy is surgery to remove a breast tumor.
  • Nissen Fundoplication

    Nissen fundoplication is a procedure surgeons use to treat chronic acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). During the procedure, a surgeon wraps part of the stomach around the bottom of the esophagus to create pressure that keeps food and liquid from leaking back up.
  • Pancreatectomy

    Pancreatectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the pancreas.
  • The pediatric kidney transplant program at Rush offers comprehensive care to children with end stage renal failure.
  • Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that surgeons use. The technique allows for smaller incisions and more precise movements during surgery, which benefits patients.
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation

    Sacral nerve stimulation is used to treat urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence: A doctor implants a small device under the patient's skin (near the bottom of the spine) to stimulate the nerves that control bladder function or bowel movements.
  • Sclerotherapy

    Sclerotherapy is a type of chemical injection most commonly used to remove varicose or spider veins. Doctors inject the chemical into the problem vein with the goal of collapsing it until it disappears.
  • Thyroid Surgery

    Thyroid surgery is used to remove all or part of a thyroid gland in patients who have thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, goiter or hyperactive thyroid. It is usually minimally invasive, requiring only small incisions. Most people who have it are able to leave the hospital within a day and return to normal activities within one to two weeks.
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery

    Transanal endoscopic microsurgery is a procedure performed entirely through the anus and rectum. It can be used instead of abdominal surgery to remove certain large polyps and smaller cancers from the middle and upper rectum. Most patients go home the same day and can return to normal activities within two weeks.
  • Whipple Procedure

    Whipple procedure, or pancreaticoduodenectomy, is an operation used to remove certain pancreatic cancers, noncancerous pancreatic lesions, and cysts and cancers in the bile duct and duodenum (first section of the small intestine). It is usually an open surgery but can sometimes be done using a less invasive laparoscopic technique.